8.8 Excellent Nike has created a nice balance of comfort, performance, and stability with the Zoom Odyssey, and it’s fair to say that you certainly get your money’s worth with this particular shoe.
Note: This shoe has made our Best Running Shoes For Men guide! Be sure to check out our guide to see the years best running shoes from each brand.
The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey is being heavily hyped as a stability shoe that offers a cushioned, comfortable place for the feet of a runner, whilst also being able to offer the performance that serious runners want from a shoes that they have invested a lot of money in.
Nike Air Zoom Odyssey Performance
The sole is arguably the most important part of a running shoe, so let’s start by taking a look at what Nike have done there. There are three different materials used to create the sole, each of which has a very specific purpose in the shoe. The Lunarlon foam that runs the length of the shoe is there for comfort, while the Cushlon foam added to the heel provides a firm level of cushioning. There is also a layer of soft rubber added to help with the comfort of the shoe during the impact caused by running. While the sole is comfortable, there is also an added firmness that some users may find a little tough to get used to.
Nike Air Zoom Odyssey Design
The Zoom Oddysey upper is made from a seamless Flymesh material that allows the feet to really breathe. If you are a regular wearer of Nike running shoes, you probably already know about this material, as it has been used on several different shoes. As well as making the running shoes breathable, the Flymesh is also there to ensure a snug fit, which could well pose a problem for some. These shoes tend to be very snug, and you may feel as though you have to go a size above you regular shoe size in order to get a comfortable fit. Before making that move, though, it is well worth playing around with the Flywire until you get a fit that is comfortable for your feet. Once you have that part sorted out, the Zoom Air cushioning will ensure that you are comfortable when running, even over long distances.
There are a number of very cool color combinations available for the women’s Nike Zoom Odyssey. Let’s face it, aesthetics may not be as important as performance and fit, but it certainly does play a role in selecting a shoe.
Nike Air Zoom Odyssey Price
At a price tag of $150, it’s a bit on the pricier side, but that’s to be expected given it’s a Nike running shoe and there are innovative technologies and new premium mateirls being used. Given the high durability of the shoe and it’s great performance, this can more than be worth it for you.
- Weight: Men 11.2Oz and Women 9.3Oz
- Heel-to-Toe Offset: 12mm
- Type: Stability
- Terrain: Road